Publisher:Oxford University Press
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Synopsis from the Publisher
Featuring an introduction by the novelist Margaret Drabble, the classic novel tells the story of a naive young woman who is invited to a mysterious old country manor, where she imagines she is a character in a Gothic novel.
I am not quite sure what to think of this novel. I liked it while I was reading it. Really liked it to the point of not being able to put it down. But it ended there. Once I was finished, I forgot everything. It seemed quite disposable after reading it. Something not worth remembering. I feel terrible writing that. Like I am disgracing myself as a Jane Austen follower.
The characters lacked the type of depth that Jane Austen was so famous for. Henry Tilney had none of the depth of Darcy, Brandon or Wentworth. Catherine had none of the spunk and intellect that defined Austen's other female leads. This is her earliest novel and it is obvious. She was still developing as a writer. It is nice to see her earliest baby steps but I am not sure I will ever pick this book up again. It is an enjoyable read but not as engaging as Austen's other tales.